The MV Theresa Arctic vessel which grounded off the Kilifi Port entrance channel two weeks ago was finally salvaged on Wednesday.
The ship which got jammed as a result of generator failure, was successfully rescued on July 12, 2017 following concerted efforts by KPA senior pilots, harbor masters, vessel agents and outsourced experts. At least seven tugboats (four owned by KPA) were used in tugging the vessel during the intensive exercise.
By 1400 hours the exercise was successfully concluded as the ship was berthed at the Port of Mombasa Berth No. 9. To succeed, KPA partnered with world renowned salvage experts, Smit Salvage of Netherlands and a local firm Alpha Logistics to undertake the task.
Earlier, the ship's weight was lightened by transferring the cargo on board on her sister ship MV Theresa Dumai. The team of experts led by KPA's Head of Marine Operations Captain William Ruto has been working tirelessly since the ill-fated vessel got stuck on Monday, June 20, 2017.
At one point the operation exercise was suspended due to very rough weather which could not allow for a safe ship to ship transfer.
The sourced Tug (CSC NIELSEN) played a big role during the fruitful salvage.
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